Mid-Century Modern Midland meeting on Sat, May 14

A historic building will host a meeting this Saturday about the progress of the Mid-Century Modern Midland (MCMM)  organization. The “Looking Back, Moving Forward” presentation will take place at Christ Covenant Church on May 14, at 10:30am. The church is located at 2821 Ashman Street, across the road from Kroger in the middle of Midland.

Craig McDonald, the director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, notes this is the first in person meeting of the group since the pandemic began. They will report on the progress made by the group, formed in 2016. The church, built in 1942,  is the first church designed by Alden B. Dow. McDonald says, “It’s a great way to see a restoration project of Midland’s first mid-century modern religious structure.” They’ll also announce future projects. Visitors can also take a tour of the building.

As noted on their website, the Mission of MCMM is to document, preserve, celebrate, share and perpetuate the Mid-Century Modern architectural heritage of Midland, Michigan. In the early 1930s, Alden B. Dow F.A.I.A. introduced modern design to Midland, Michigan and created over 130 structures during his 50-year career. His innovative and dynamic structures initiated an architectural heritage that is unprecedented in the United States.


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Ron Beacom has served as the managing editor of Catalyst Midland since October 2020. He's also a freelance writer for the Midland Daily News and the producer/host of "Second Act: Life at 50 Plus" for WDCQ-Delta College Public Media (PBS). He's the co-producer of two WDCQ documentaries about the Tittabawassee River Disaster in 2020, "Breached! and Breached!2-The Recovery."